Bill S726-2009

Relates to criminal street gang activity on school grounds

Establishes the crimes of criminal street gang recruitment on school grounds in the first and second degree; adds definitional provisions relating to this new crime; permits localities to enact and enforce laws consistent with this act.

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  • Jan 6, 2010: REFERRED TO CODES
  • Jan 14, 2009: REFERRED TO CODES

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 BILL NUMBER:  S726

TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the penal law, in relation to criminal street gang activity on school grounds

PURPOSE : To establish the crime of criminal street gang recruitment on school grounds.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Section 1 amends Section 460.10 of the Penal Law by adding subdivisions 5, 6, 7 and 8. These additions create a definition for "criminal street gang" and establish multiple criteria that an individual must meet in order to be positively identified as a "criminal street gang member," and creates a definition for "criminal street gang activity."

Section 2 amends the Penal Law by adding new sections 460.65 and 460.66, creating the crime of criminal street gang recruitment on school grounds in the second and first degrees. This section also adds a new section 460.67, which makes provisions for subsequent violations of sections 460.65 and 460.66 within a ten-year period.

Section 3 amends Section 70.40 of the Penal Law to add a new subdivision 4. This will permit, as a condition of release on parole for an individual incarcerated for violating Sections 460.65 or 460.66, a prohibition on that individual from associating with a "criminal street gang" as identified in section 460.10 of the Penal Law.

Section 4 allows for local governments to adopt and enforce laws that relate to criminal street gang recruitment on school grounds.

Section 5 establishes the severability of the provisions of this act if any part or provision thereof is found to be invalid.

Section 6 establishes an effective date.

JUSTIFICATION : Criminal street gangs, seeking to expand the scope of their activities, are constantly seeking to recruit new members into their hierarchy. Increasingly, these gangs have turned to schools as a potential source for new members. There are benefits for the gang members staying in their neighborhood schools. A 1991 study reported that an overwhelming majority of members wanted to stay in school because they could congregate and discuss their activities in a social arena, uphold their reputation as an established gang, flaunt their gang status, display their strength of membership, provide protection for their members, intimidate other students, recruit potential members, and sometimes engage in criminal or violent acts. Of course, these benefits for the gang have negative consequences for all students, school personnel, school safety, and the overall educational process. In seeking to recruit new members, these gangs create an environment of fear and intimidation among students, disrupt the educational function of a school and endanger the safety of teachers and school employees. Additionally, these gangs often target for recruitment those at-risk students who are most in danger of being inducted into a gang and who can least afford to face a disruption to their education. This bill would establish the new crime of gang recruitment on school grounds to establish a deterrent effect against these activities, as well as deny these criminal enterprises a pool of potential new members.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : 2007-08 - S.3872 Referred to Codes 2005-06 - S.1926 Referred to Codes 2004 - S.851 Passed Senate 57-4 2003 - S.851 Passed Senate 57-1 2002 - S.854 Passed Senate 58-3 2001 - S.854 Referred to Codes 2000 - S.7382-A Passed Senate 60-1

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None.

EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect on the first day of November following enactment.

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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 726 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 14, 2009 ___________
Introduced by Sens. C. JOHNSON, BRESLIN, DIAZ, KLEIN, ONORATO, SAMPSON, SAVINO, THOMPSON, VALESKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to criminal street gang activity on school grounds THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 460.10 of the penal law is amended by adding four new subdivisions 5, 6, 7 and 8 to read as follows: 5. "CRIMINAL STREET GANG" MEANS ANY ONGOING ORGANIZATION, ASSOCIATION, OR GROUP OF THREE OR MORE PERSONS, WHETHER FORMAL OR INFORMAL, HAVING AS ONE OF ITS PRIMARY ACTIVITIES THE COMMISSION OF ONE OR MORE CRIMINAL ACTS, WHICH HAS AN IDENTIFIABLE NAME OR IDENTIFYING SIGN OR SYMBOL, AND WHOSE MEMBERS INDIVIDUALLY OR COLLECTIVELY ENGAGE IN OR HAVE ENGAGED IN CRIMINAL STREET GANG ACTIVITY. 6. "CRIMINAL STREET GANG MEMBER" MEANS A PERSON TO WHOM TWO OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA APPLY: (A) ADMITS TO CRIMINAL STREET GANG MEMBERSHIP; (B) IS IDENTIFIED AS A CRIMINAL STREET GANG MEMBER BY A DOCUMENTED RELIABLE INFORMANT; (C) RESIDES IN OR FREQUENTS A PARTICULAR CRIMINAL STREET GANG'S AREA AND ADOPTS ITS STYLE OF DRESS, ITS USE OF HAND SIGNALS OR ITS TATTOOS AND ASSOCIATES WITH KNOWN CRIMINAL STREET GANG MEMBERS; (D) HAS BEEN ARRESTED MORE THAN ONCE IN THE COMPANY OF KNOWN CRIMINAL STREET GANG MEMBERS FOR OFFENSES WHICH ARE CONSISTENT WITH USUAL CRIMI- NAL STREET GANG ACTIVITY; (E) IS IDENTIFIED AS A CRIMINAL STREET GANG MEMBER BY PHYSICAL EVIDENCE, SUCH AS PHOTOGRAPHS OR OTHER DOCUMENTATION; (F) HAS BEEN STOPPED IN THE COMPANY OF KNOWN CRIMINAL STREET GANG MEMBERS FOUR OR MORE TIMES;
(G) HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS A CRIMINAL STREET GANG MEMBER BY OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES; OR (H) IS IDENTIFIED AS A CRIMINAL STREET GANG MEMBER BY A FAMILY MEMBER. 7. "CRIMINAL STREET GANG ACTIVITY" MEANS THE COMMISSION OR ATTEMPTED COMMISSION OF, OR SOLICITATION OR CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT, TWO OR MORE CRIMINAL ACTS THAT: (A) WERE COMMITTED ON SEPARATE OCCASIONS WITHIN A FIVE YEAR PERIOD; (B) ARE NEITHER ISOLATED INCIDENTS, NOR SO CLOSELY RELATED AND CONNECTED IN POINT OF TIME OR CIRCUMSTANCE OF COMMISSION AS TO CONSTI- TUTE A CRIMINAL OFFENSE OR CRIMINAL TRANSACTION, AS SUCH TERMS ARE DEFINED IN SECTION 40.10 OF THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE LAW; AND (C) FURTHER A CRIMINAL STREET GANG BY: (I) BEING RELATED TO ONE ANOTHER THROUGH A COMMON SCHEME OR PLAN; OR (II) WERE COMMITTED, SOLIC- ITED, REQUESTED, IMPORTUNED OR INTENTIONALLY AIDED BY PERSONS ACTING WITH THE MENTAL CULPABILITY REQUIRED FOR THE COMMISSION OF SUCH CRIMINAL ACTS AND SUCH PERSON IS A MEMBER OF SUCH CRIMINAL STREET GANG. 8. "SCHOOL GROUNDS" MEANS (A) IN OR ON OR WITHIN ANY BUILDING, STRUC- TURE, ATHLETIC PLAYING FIELD, PLAYGROUND OR LAND CONTAINED WITHIN THE REAL PROPERTY BOUNDARY LINE OF A PUBLIC OR PRIVATE ELEMENTARY, PAROCHI- AL, INTERMEDIATE, JUNIOR HIGH, VOCATIONAL, OR HIGH SCHOOL, OR (B) ANY AREA ACCESSIBLE TO THE PUBLIC LOCATED WITHIN ONE THOUSAND FEET OF THE REAL PROPERTY BOUNDARY LINE COMPRISING ANY SUCH SCHOOL OR ANY PARKED AUTOMOBILE OR OTHER PARKED VEHICLE LOCATED WITHIN ONE THOUSAND FEET OF THE REAL PROPERTY BOUNDARY LINE COMPRISING ANY SUCH SCHOOL. FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS SUBDIVISION, AN "ACCESSIBLE AREA TO THE PUBLIC" SHALL MEAN SIDEWALKS, STREETS, PARKING LOTS, PARKS, PLAYGROUNDS, STORES AND RESTAURANTS. S 2. The penal law is amended by adding three new sections 460.65, 460.66 and 460.67 to read as follows: S 460.65 CRIMINAL STREET GANG RECRUITMENT ON SCHOOL GROUNDS IN THE SECOND DEGREE. A PERSON IS GUILTY OF CRIMINAL STREET GANG RECRUITMENT ON SCHOOL GROUNDS IN THE SECOND DEGREE WHEN, ON SCHOOL GROUNDS, HE OR SHE COERCES, SOLICITS, RECRUITS, OR INDUCES ANOTHER PERSON TO JOIN OR REMAIN A MEMBER OF A CRIMINAL STREET GANG, OR CONSPIRES TO DO SO. CRIMINAL STREET GANG RECRUITMENT ON SCHOOL GROUNDS IN THE SECOND DEGREE IS A CLASS E FELONY. S 460.66 CRIMINAL STREET GANG RECRUITMENT ON SCHOOL GROUNDS IN THE FIRST DEGREE. A PERSON IS GUILTY OF CRIMINAL STREET GANG RECRUITMENT ON SCHOOL GROUNDS IN THE FIRST DEGREE WHEN, ON SCHOOL GROUNDS, HE OR SHE USES OR THREATENS THE USE OF PHYSICAL FORCE TO COERCE, SOLICIT, RECRUIT, OR INDUCE ANOTHER PERSON TO JOIN OR REMAIN A MEMBER OF A CRIMINAL STREET GANG, OR CONSPIRES TO DO SO, AND WHEN SUCH RECRUITMENT TAKES PLACE ON SCHOOL GROUNDS. CRIMINAL STREET GANG RECRUITMENT ON SCHOOL GROUNDS IN THE FIRST DEGREE IS A CLASS D FELONY. S 460.67 CRIMINAL STREET GANG RECRUITMENT ON SCHOOL GROUNDS; SUBSEQUENT VIOLATIONS. 1. ANY PERSON WHO VIOLATES SECTION 460.65 OR 460.66 OF THIS ARTICLE AFTER HAVING BEEN CONVICTED OF A VIOLATION OF SECTION 460.65 OR 460.66 OF THIS ARTICLE WITHIN THE PRECEDING TEN YEARS SHALL BE GUILTY OF A CLASS C FELONY. 2. ANY PERSON WHO VIOLATES SECTION 460.65 OR 460.66 OF THIS ARTICLE AFTER HAVING TWICE BEEN CONVICTED OF A VIOLATION OF SECTION 460.65 OR
460.66 OF THIS ARTICLE WITHIN THE PRECEDING TEN YEARS SHALL BE GUILTY OF A CLASS B FELONY. S 3. Section 70.40 of the penal law is amended by adding a new subdi- vision 4 to read as follows: 4. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY INCONSISTENT PROVISION OF THIS SECTION OR ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, ANY PERSON SENTENCED TO A PERIOD OF INCARCERA- TION FOR A VIOLATION OF SECTION 460.65 OR 460.66 OF THIS CHAPTER MAY, AS A CONDITION OF RELEASE ON PAROLE, BE PROHIBITED FROM ASSOCIATING WITH THE MEMBERS OF A CRIMINAL STREET GANG. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, "CRIMINAL STREET GANG" SHALL BE DEFINED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 460.10 OF THIS CHAPTER. S 4. Local laws; preemption. Nothing in this act shall prevent a local governing body from adopting and enforcing laws consistent with this act relating to criminal street gang activity on school grounds and criminal street gang violence. Where local laws duplicate or supplement this act, this act shall be construed as providing alternative remedies and not as preempting such local laws. S 5. Severability. If any part or provision of this act, or the appli- cation thereof to any person or circumstance, is held invalid, the remainder of this act, including the application of the part or provision to other persons or circumstances, shall not be affected thereby and shall continue in full force and effect. To this end, the provisions of this act are severable. S 6. This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeed- ing the date on which it shall have become a law.

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